Commentator HSR47 responded to Chris’s post about someone who’d listened to too much 10cc: “Honestly, birdshot IS a decent idea, at least for the first round — the majority of DGUs [Defensive Gun Use] are won on psychology alone, without firing a shot. Of those that aren’t, it seems to me that the gruesome mess birdshot can leave may serve as a deterrent to further hostile action, especially against a group of hoodlums, and all with minimal lethality.” Sounds great—in theory. But I’ve always operated under the assumption that a DGU’s binary: either don’t shoot or shoot to stop the imminent lethal threat as quickly as possible. And that means a lethal load. Am I wrong?